Google Doodle honours India’s first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla


NEW DELHI: The search giant, Google, paid tribute to the first Indian photojournalist, Homai Vyarawalla, on Saturday with a scribble on its 104th anniversary.

Born on December 9, 1913, in a Parsi family in Navsari of Gujarat, Vyarawalla spent her childhood moving from one place to another with her father’s traveling theater company.

After moving to Bombay, he studied at the University of Bombay and the Sir J. J. School of Art and then married Manekshaw Jamshetji Vyarawalla, an accountant and photographer at the Times of India.

Vyarawalla began his career in the 1930s, and at the start of World War II, he began working on assignments for the magazine ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’, based in Bombay, which published many of his blank images and black that later became icons.


Vyarawalla, who learned how to handle a camera and the art of her husband’s photography, decided to become a photographer at a time when the idea of ​​working for women had not yet become popular in society.

She was awarded the second highest civil prize Padma Vibhushan in 2011.

Finally, his photograph received a nationwide notice, particularly after moving to Delhi in 1942 to join the British information services, where he photographed many political and national leaders in the run-up to independence, including Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali. Jinnah, Indira Gandhi and the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Shortly after the death of her husband in 1970, Vyarawalla decided to leave the picture lamenting the “bad behavior” of the new generation of photographers.

Vyarawalla died at the age of 98 on January 15, 2012.